"Our goal is to keep the memory of Nazım Hikmet alive and make her works known all around the world," said festival director Salih Zeki Tombak.
"This year, it was decided to award Stinus the poetry award, which the Nazım Hikmet Foundation for Culture and Arts has handed out every year since 1995," said Tombak. He said Stinus drew the reader away from the ironic character of Danish poem. "We decided to give this award to Stinus due to his humanistic approach to his work and lifetime success," he said.
Following the speeches, Iranian poet Naser Feyz and Irish poet Nuala D’hannail read poems. Stinus could not attend the ceremony due to health problems.
Born in 1934, Stinus met Nazım Hikmet at the Berlin World Youth Festival in 1954 and was affected by him. He has written many poems and books.